Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Skidmore College invites nominations and applications for a forward-thinking and highly collaborative leader to serve as the Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

The Skidmore motto, Creative Thought Matters, defines and influences every aspect of the institution. The College's curriculum, which includes 44 degree programs, including programs in both traditional liberal arts and pre-professional disciplines, balances a commitment to the liberal arts with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity along with scientific literacy and preparation for professions, civic leadership, and lifelong learning. Consistently acclaimed in national rankings, Skidmore has been ranked 39th among the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and recognized as one of "America's Most Entrepreneurial Colleges" and a "Best Value" school. Skidmore enrolls over 2,600 students on its Saratoga Springs campus, where renewable resources supply 40% of power needs.

This is an exciting time to be at Skidmore. The Vice President will join a leadership team that is being shaped by President Marc C. Conner, an innovative leader of interdisciplinary academic programs and a longtime advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, the Vice President will inherit a highly successful enrollment operation, which is the product of a talented and experienced Admissions and Financial Aid staff and the leadership of Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Mary Lou Bates, who will retire in summer 2023 after nearly 50 years at Skidmore. In fall 2022, Skidmore welcomed its largest first-year class in College history - 784 students drawn from a record pool of 13,183 applicants.

Building upon this tradition of success, the Vice President will be bold, creative, and ambitious, helping Skidmore to continue to innovate in order to enroll a diverse student body, ensure access through need-based aid, and define areas of distinction that will allow the College to tap into new markets, expand its global footprint, and meet the needs of future students. The Vice President will develop and nurture collaborative partnerships to support an integrated enrollment management approach for the College. The Vice President will also cultivate high-functioning teams in Admissions and Financial Aid by enhancing a sense of belonging for all staff, refining structures and systems, and leveraging technology to further the use of data analytics.

The successful candidate will possess expertise in all areas of recruitment, admissions, and financial aid at a national liberal arts college and deep knowledge of the national landscape and changing student demographics and their needs, with the ability to connect that to enrollment strategies. It will be essential for the new leader to demonstrate a commitment to need-based financial aid and skill in optimizing financial aid resources to meet enrollment and fiscal goals. An exceptional track record of achieving results in attracting a diverse student body, and the ability to create an environment that honors the dignity and worth of each individual and is centered on mutual respect and openness to ideas, will be essential. Exceptional management skills; an ability to be forward-thinking and open to leading change; aptitude for serving as a bold thought partner with the President and the Cabinet; and skill in promoting transparency, cultivating trust, and building consensus among stakeholders will be assets in this role. Additionally, the Vice President will be a savvy user of data and possess an understanding of predictive modeling, net tuition revenue, and pricing forecasts.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents:
• CV or Resume
• Letter of Interest addressing the themes in this profile .

WittKieffer is assisting Skidmore College in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 13, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal:

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Shelley Arakawa, J.D. and Patricia Coleman at

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.

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